A Brief History of Crooked Creek Baptist Church (And A Pastoral Search)

A Brief History of Crooked Creek Baptist Church (And A Pastoral Search) September 10, 2016

My church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis, is searching for a new minister, most likely one who will serve in a bi-vocational capacity or shared with another congregation. Because I am involved in the search, I’ve put together a brief history of the church, which also includes information about the congregation and its demographics, the church facilities, and so on. If you or someone you know might be interested in serving as pastor of the church, please have them contact me!

You can find the church history as a pdf here: Crooked Creek Baptist Church History 2016

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  • DannyBoyJr

    I found the wording “self identify” in the history of your church curious. Does that imply that some congregants who are ethnically one race but can self-identify as another, like Rachel Dolezal? “self-identify” just sounds so wishy-washy. You are white Mr Religion Prof. I am Asian. Some are mixed-race. I can understand “self-identity” when it comes to gender. But ethnicity, like biological sex, is more definitive than mere self-identity.

    BTW, it says that most congregants to your church self-identify as white. How many, what percentage? I have seen white churches with token minorities (mostly foreign students taking ministry training). I’ve seen black churches with hispanics, asians, and white congregants. Given your white majority, and the demographics of Indiana in general, would it be fair to say that Crooked Creek is a “white” church?

    • What a strange comment. I used “self-identify” because we gathered data using questionnaires, and prior to that I had not known that anyone in the church was Native American. I also do not subscribe to the old fashioned racist notion that anyone who has partial African ancestry is “black.” The point was to emphasize the history of diversity in the church, from its beginnings down to the present day.